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Project saves isle palm tree from near extinction
As a youngster in South Kona, Mel Johansen remembers his “Uncle George” telling the story about the time he discovered a rare palm tree and saved it from a bulldozer. Today, Johansen is dedicated to making sure that same critically endangered tree species, a previously unidentified Hawaiian loulu palm, has a chance of recovering. Johansen is the manager of the Nature Conservancy’s Kona Hema Preserve in South Kona, where the species Pritchardia schattaueri — named for George Schattauer — is now thriving.  
Article from Star Advertiser, by Timothy Hurley
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